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Top tips for choosing the best energy saving washing machine for your home

It’s not in our nature, but try to look beyond the purchase price – and consider the running costs. Also energy labels on washing machines can be rather confusing, as they now display average electricity consumed in Kilowatts hours (kWh) per year based on 220 cycles, regardless of the capacity of the machine. This means we get the strange situation of the energy label on an ‘A’ rated 6kg machine saying it uses less energy per year, than a more efficient A+++ 12kg machine – which does double the same amount of washing!

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Larger capacity machines can use more electricity per cycle, however, if you regularly have large loads of washing they are far more efficient per unit of electricity consumed – as they save on the number of loads. The most economic and environmentally friendly option for the average family is buy a large drummed machine, as you’ll do far more washing per unit of electricity. Lots of manufacturers are now focusing on larger capacity machines, due to their energy saving credentials. It seems crazy that Energy Labels aren’t reflecting this change and are displaying confusing information.

 

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